This new(ish) film about magical thieves has three posters in circulation. Note the gender math:

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It’s not easy to see, but this one actually has two women: Mélanie Laurent is at the far top left, looking mannish. Gender math: 6 men to 2 women.

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This poster eliminates the characters who aren’t magical thieves. Gender math: 3 men, 1 woman.

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Now Mélanie Laurent is gone. Gender math: 6 men, 1 woman.

Doesn’t this capture our summer movie fare? Women comprise something between 1/6 to 1/3 of characters in summer blockbusters; they never win a central role; and in large ensemble casts they have to have the long hair and long bare legs of Isla Fisher to be discerned (otherwise they’ll be eliminated, like poor Mélanie Laurent).

Good thing I have such great things to say about Julie Delpy’s amazing work in Before Midnight, which I’ll save for tomorrow. It might not be a summer blockbuster — and it’s all talk, no magical thieves — but it’s a brilliant film. (And hello, that’ll make 4 days in a row of posts! It’s the summer of Feminéma!)

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